Laurence Yep





Laurence Yep

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born
in San Francisco, The United States
June 14, 1948

gender
male


About this author

Born June 14, 1948 in San Francisco, California, Yep was the son of Thomas Gim Yep and Franche Lee Yep. Franche Lee, her family's youngest child, was born in Ohio and raised in West Virginia where her family owned a Chinese laundry. Yep's father, Thomas, was born in China and came to America at the age of ten where he lived, not in Chinatown, but with an Irish friend in a white neighborhood. After troubling times during the Depression, he was able to open a grocery store in an African-American neighborhood. Growing up in San Francisco, Yep felt alienated. He was in his own words his neighborhood's "all-purpose Asian" and did not feel he had a culture of his own. Joanne Ryder, a children's book author, and Yep met and became friends during c...more


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“You can learn to change the world or go on being changed by it.”
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“Just because there's tarnish on the copper, doesn't mean there's not a shine beneath.”
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“Sometimes it's easier to be as bad as they expect you to be.”
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